VOL. 24, NO. 2 Summer 2008
Making Every Day Earth Day
by Kate Mowbray, SCNC Naturalist
Earth Day is an annual celebration held on energy. We turn off the lights when we’re not in the
April 22nd that focuses our attention on our planet and room, and program thermostats to adjust with our
things we can do to improve it. On Earth Day, many daily routines. If you are already doing these easy,
participate in activities such as planting a garden or earth-friendly tips, you are off to a great start. No one
clearing privet from our parks. When I think of Earth is perfect, so there is always room for improvement by
Day, I think it should be a time to celebrate, not work taking the next step in improving our planet.
so hard. To earn this celebration though, we need to You’re probably thinking the next tips will be too
protect the world everyday, instead of working only hard or time consuming or maybe too expensive.
one day a year and missing the fun of the celebration. Lucky for you, these are just as easy and affordable as
Why not make every day Earth the things you are already doing. To help save water,
Day? Make Everyday checking for leaks and fixing them, can save hundreds
Now is the time to start to thousands of gallons of water, also saving you
our work. I’m sure many of you money! If you like to garden, plant native plants that
already do little things that help can tolerate dry conditions. Collect rain water from
improve the Earth. After the your roof into rain barrels to use when the rains don’t
severe drought we have been in, we flow as often. Use the wasted water from waiting for
have become more aware of our water usage. Thanks your shower to heat up in your toilet tank. It is as easy
to the help of our visitors last summer, we collected a as keeping a bucket by the shower.
fantastic list of water saving tips that you do at your Reducing the waste from your
home. The ACC recycling division provides no room home may be a matter of thinking
for excuse to not recycle. At events, work or school, ahead. When shopping, take reusable
their presence is there in the form of blue and green bags instead of using the bags from the
bins. At home, recyclables are collected and put out by store each time. Buy products with the
the curb or can be taken to one of the many drop off least amount of packaging possible.
sites around the county. Electricity bills tend to rise Many items are plastic wrapped, boxed
during these hot summer months, so we become more and wrapped again-such a waste! When you do buy
aware of wasting these items, recycle as much of the packaging as
possible. Another waste we accumulate is food
scraps. Compost any foods that will break down
In This Issue... easily such as fruits and veggies. Don’t forget your
Sandy Creek Board News page 2 yard waste can go into your compost too!
Eco-Adventure Overview page 3
Snake Day page 5
Continued on pg.5
SANDY CREEK NATURE CENTER
Area Businesses Invited to Join SCNC, Inc.
Off of Commerce Highway, 441 North, by SCNC, Inc. Board
1/2 mile north of the Athens bypass, on left
phone: (706) 613-3615 In an effort to create a stronger relationship with the business
www.sandycreeknaturecenter.com community, the Board of Directors of Sandy Creek Nature
*Note: all staff emails have changed* Center, Inc. has created the Corporate Partnership Program. While SCNC
first and last email@example.com Inc. has always had businesses and area foundations supporting its work,
For Information Contact: these have often been focused on a particular event, such as the Jack-O-
KateMowbray@co.clarke.ga.us Lantern Jog and Frog Hop 5k, or focused on a particular project, such as
the current capital campaign to expand the exhibit area and create new
HOURS OF OPERATION
8:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday
Building closed Sunday and Monday
The Corporate Partnership Program is a one-year partnership between
Trails open daily sunrise to sunset. the business and the Nature Center, resulting in a stronger connection
between the two and greater benefits for both. For the business, the
Leisure Services Department Corporate Partnership will mean it is supporting one of the most innovative
John Dargle - Director and engaging public facilities in the region. Sandy Creek Nature Center
provides hands-on educational activities to participants of all ages on a very
Natural Resources Division expansive list of subjects, as well as a visually beautiful and diverse property
J. Michael Wharton - Administrator to explore.
Sandy Love - Admin. Secretary For SCNC Inc., these Corporate Partnerships will allow the non-profit
Janice Denney- Volunteer Coordinator organization to continue its 34-year history of support for the mission,
Ted Grannan - Greenway Coordinator property and programs of the nature center. Over the years, this
organization has provided over $1 million in direct support to the nature
Nature Center Staff
center by building Walker Hall, creating and maintaining trails, funding the
Randy Smith - Facility Supervisor
Edith Hollander - Assistant to the Board
Discovery Box program, purchasing microscopes, books, puppets, the
Kate Mowbray - Naturalist portable planetarium, the new Smart Board in the classroom and more. The
Berkeley Boone - Naturalist Board of Directors has worked in partnership with Nature Center staff and
Parker Barnett - Animal Caretaker all levels of Athens-Clarke County government to guarantee that the growth
and development of the nature center stay on mission and meets the needs
SANDY CREEK of the residents and visitors of this region.
NATURE CENTER, INC. Businesses will receive corporate benefits based on the level of support
BOARD OF DIRECTORS selected. These benefits range from having the business logo on event t-
holds monthly meetings in the shirts, to designation on the website as a Corporate Partner, to free tickets
ENSAT Building of Sandy Creek Nature Center.
to Snake Day and free room rentals. As Sandy Creek Nature Center now
The public is welcome to attend.
Call for dates and time.
hosts over 50,000 visitors each year for programs, events and casual
Send contributions to: enjoyment, there is a lot of value for
Editor - Kate Mowbray area businesses who partner with
Sandy Creek Nature Center SCNC, Inc.. For more information
205 Old Commerce Road about the Corporate Partnership
Athens, GA 30607 Program, please contact Edith
Hollander at 706-613—3615 x 235 or
The Hyla is a seasonal publication of by email at
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Natural Resources
Division of the Athens-Clarke County
Department of Leisure Services. Issues are
mailed to all nature center members and are * Thanks to the following businesses and foundations who have
available to Sandy Creek visitors. Contributions, supported SCNC Inc. for many years: the Newland Family Foundation,
in the form of articles, artwork, poetry, and Athens BMW, R.E.M., Papa John’s Pizza, Coca Cola, First American Bank,
anecdotes on natural subjects are welcomed. orthodontist Dr. Gary Jones, veterinarian Dr. Bryan Hendrix, Wal Mart
Super Center, Publix Super Market Charities, Athens Banner-Herald,
The Hyla is printed on recycled paper. Flagpole Magazine, Athens Parent Magazine, Southern Broadcasting,
EarthFare, New World Graphics, Athens Blueprint and Copy Shop.
by Cindie Brunner.
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by Janice Denney, Volunteer Coordinator
Twenty-three teams competed in this year’s survival of the fittest. New additions to this year’s race included
combining the running and orienteering portion of the race starting at the Nature Center teams had to run together to
complete the course. We also replaced the plant identification section with an Eco-IQ challenge. Questions related to
Georgia’s native flora, fauna and ecology. After completing 14 miles of biking, running, hiking and canoeing, teams
crossed the finish line at Sandy Creek Park, cheered on by family and friends and rewarded with dinner catered by
Brett’s Casual American.
Congratulations to all competitors!
And a very special thanks to all our sponsors!
1st place: Incredible Bog Stompers
Gold Level sponsors: 2nd Place: The Untouchables
Brett’s: Casual American 3rd place: Hot Pursuit
Oconee River Greenway Commission
Sandy Creek Nature Center
Sandy Creek Park
Silver Level sponsors:
Mama’s Boy, GORP, Broad River Outpost, St. Mary’s, Classic Race Services, Georgia Cycle Sport, Coca Cola,
Georgia Orienteering Club
Bronze Level Sponsors:
The Hub, Sunshine Cycles, Barberito’s, Free Willy’s Mexican Grill, Shane’s Rib Shack, Lowe’s, Earth Fare, Mellow
Mushroom, Blockader, Abbey West, Archery Traditions, Shirtworks, Aromas, Copper Creek, Kinnucan’s.
So Long, Farewell New Displays at SCNC
By Allie Hill, Intern
This summer when you come to Sandy Creek
Well, it had to happen. It was inevitable. My time here Nature Center, look for a few new displays.
as Intern at SCNC is over. I am sad to be leaving—I In the exhibit hall, look for the legendary
will surely miss the wonderful people and the beautiful Bigfoot. People all around the world claim
property—but I’ve had such a great experience and to have seen this mysterious and hard to
learned so much that I know I am well prepared for capture creature. Whether you know it as
the future. Since I began interning nine months ago, Yeti, Sasquatch or Bigfoot, decide for
I’ve helped write a grant, gone to a national yourself if it is fact or fiction.
conference, created displays, planned a wide variety of We will have a display in the library in honor of
programs, and performed LOTS of birthday parties. Dr. Eugene Odum, the father of ecology. Look for a
Needless to say, I’ve learned a lot and I owe so much few of the instruments he used in the field and books
to everyone who has helped me improve over the last that were donated by his family.
several months. Thanks everyone! Goodbye! Coming this summer are new display signs
around the center inside and out. In the exhibit hall,
identification information for our salt water tanks will be
updated and displayed using electronic picture frames.
A piedmont prairie sign will be displayed next to the
Goodbye Allie! prairie as you pull into the ENSAT parking area. Along
Thanks for your hard work! the boardwalk will be a new sign near the Watchable
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Janice Denney, Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org / (706) 613-3615 x227
Volunteers bring life to the Nature Center. Through their efforts with programming, operations and
events, volunteers transform the nature center into an environment to learn, explore, and have fun. We are
so appreciative of our volunteers’ efforts to ensure the success of so many programs and events this past
spring. From yearly events like Super Science Day to committed Trail Guides who help with weekly
school programming, we would be at a loss without their support. A huge thank you goes out to each of
your volunteer’s efforts.
If you are looking for a way to become apart of a community of volunteers, please give me a call to set
up a volunteer orientation. We have a quarterly orientation coming up in July. Alternatively, we can set an
orientation at your convenience.
Call or email Janice for
more info or to sign up for
any of theses events!
Saturday, June 7, noon - 4pm
Sandy Creek Nature Center
Join the fun! Don’t worry if you are not a fan of snakes;
volunteers are needed to assist with a variety jobs that are
TRAIL GUIDE TRAINING! pivotal to the success of this year’s event.
Trail Guides make a difference! √ concessions
Throughout the school year, trail √ ticket sales
guides make school programming at √ face painting
the nature center a reality. If you have √ games
a couple of mornings a month free and √ arts & crafts
would like to take small groups of √ and more!
school children on hikes around the
Nature Center trails - we’d love to
have you learn to be a trail guide. No
experience is needed and training is
free! Just a love of the outdoors and a
desire to share that with kids is all you If you are interested in learning more about
need! what you can do to help out Athens’ natural
resources, please join us for our next New
One Day Trainings Available: Volunteer Orientation.
Sandy Creek Nature Center
9:30 - 12:30 Saturday, July 26
August 23, 28, or 29 Sandy Creek Nature Center
Please call for more information or to 11am-Noon
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Slither out to Snake Day 2008! Earth Day cont...
Sandy Creek Nature Center’s 30 annual Snake Day will
be held on Saturday, June 7, 2008, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., at We all want to save money, so saving
the ENSAT building. Snake lovers of all ages are invited to electricity will reduce your bill. Make
spend an afternoon learning about these misunderstood sure filters for your heating and cooling
creatures. The fee is $3 per ACC-resident and $5 per non-ACC systems are clean, therefore
resident. making them more
The main feature of Snake Day: live snakes exhibited by efficient. Change light
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Savannah River bulbs to the compact
Ecology Lab, members of Southeastern Hot fluorescent lights, they cost
Herp Society and Georgia Herpetological more initially but make up
Society. In addition to getting the chance for it in energy savings.
to touch a live snake, attendees will be Unplugging electronics such as your TV,
able to participate in snake-themed radios, and computers when they’re not in
activities and crafts. use will reduce energy consumed.
Snakes from Georgia will be highlighted, although So you see, it is not too difficult to
different snake species from around the world will also be make a difference everyday. Each change
represented. Guest speakers will familiarize participants with you make does make a difference. Let’s
the diversity of snakes throughout Georgia. get out there and start making a few
This program is open to the public and pre-registration is changes and by next Earth Day 2009,
not required. For more information about Snake Day 2008, call we’ll have a chance to celebrate the work
Sandy Creek Nature Center at 613-3615 x 0 or visit us on the we have accomplished during the rest of
web at www.sandycreeknaturecenter.com. the year.
Water Conservation Tips to Help You Through Summer
Spring is here, and the summer heat is not far away. Last summer’s relentless heat was a major contributor
to Athens’ terrible drought. While we’ve been lucky to get a little bit of rain, it hasn’t been enough to get us out
of the drought. Water conservation is still necessary, and may become more important as the temperatures rise.
Here are some helpful water conservation tips that SCNC visitors have suggested:
• Check faucets & toilets to make sure there are no leaks
• Save water from the shower while it warms up, then use it to flush the toilet
• Don’t wash clothes unnecessarily—wash only the things that need it
• Limit your showers to once every other day
• Skim non-soapy water from your washing machine to water house plants, etc.…
• Use hand sanitizer to cut back on the amount of water you use to wash your
Athens uses water from the North Oconee River, Middle Oconee River and Bear Creek Reservoir. Water
we waste at the sink, depletes these resources.
Outdoor water use is still restricted!
Check www.athensclarkecounty.com/publicutilities for updates and other important information on
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Nature Photography Contest
• Photographs must be taken at Sandy Creek
Nature Center, featuring the plants and
animals that inhabit it.
• Photographs may be in digital format (camera
should be set at a minimum of 300 dpi) or
4” x 6” prints on glossy photo paper.
• Submitted photographs are the property of
SCNC and will not be returned. By your
submission, you give SCNC permission use your photograph
Deadline: July 31, 2008
in our calendar, in-house exhibit, and with other nature center projects.
• We welcome photographs from all ages and experiences!
For more information: Call SCNC at (706) 613-3615 x 235 or email
EdithHollander@co.clarke.ga.us. Photo submission and description may be sent to:
SCNC Photo Contest, 205 Old Commerce Rd., Athens GA 30607 or emailed.
Nominations Being Accepted
A Special Thanks:
… to these area businesses who supported Sandy Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc. is looking for
Creek Nature Center, Inc., by carrying the 2008 members interested in serving on the Board of
Calendar in their shops this year: The Rolling Pin Directors. The Board meets the first Monday of
Kitchen Emporium, The Junkman’s Daughter’s each month at 5:30 p.m. in the ENSAT building.
Brother, Designs by Donna, A Flair With Hair, The Board of Directors works to raise awareness of
Thyme After Thyme Nursery, Home Place Gifts, the Nature Center’s mission of preservation and
and Nature’s Outpost. education. It
also works to
… also to these area businesses who supported raise funds in
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., by selling raffle support of the
tickets for the beautiful quilt made by the Cotton Nature Center’s
Patch Quilters and the Shetland Pony Horse, outstanding
donated in part by Home Place Gifts, in support programs and
of the Agriculture Interactive Learning Center: facilities. For more
Home Place Gifts, Nature’s Outpost, Charmar information,
Nursery and Gifts, For Love of Stitches and contact Larry
Dragonfly Quilt Shop. Thanks also to Frances Dendy at 706-542-
Lang for selling so many tickets on our behalf. 8078 or by email at
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Donors and Contributors
Thanks to all the following members who joined or renewed during this past quarter.
Sustaining Andrea Davidson Angela Miller
Mary Case Al and Heidi Davison Kathy Mulchrone
Mark Dawkins Don and Phyllis Nelson
Contributing Leslie DeSimone Lindsay Newbury
Ken and Sandy Cook Daniela DiIorio and Donald Newman Sloane Nichols
John and Sally Crymes Denise Domizi Hugh and Carol Nourse
Margaret Davis Bill and Nancy Evelyn Walter and Dorothy O’Niell
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Farmer III Morris and Nancy Flexner Becky Olson
John and Mary Hood Jerry Gale Victoria Pentlarge
Anne Howe Melina Galizzi Darren Rhym
Ruth Furukawa and Kelly Girtz and Mary Ellen The Riley Family
Marcus Fechheimer Cappelmann Angie Rudow-Bullock
Dorothy and Jim Newland Jenny and Chris Glenn Miguel Santillan
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Jason Gonzalez Mr. and Mrs. William A. Simpson
Philip Pollock Suzanne Griffeth Randolph and Caryn Smith
Ann Mahoney and Fred Rossini Adele Gross Sheridan Soileau
Robert Saveland Beth Haas John and Nancy Songster
Harry and Joy Schomberg Cecilia Hallauer Marcia Splichal
Fred and Sharon Stephenson Lynn Halverson-Garcia Jaimee Stansell
The Haugland Family Kim Strickland
Family Alec R. Hodson Family Stacy Strickland
Marilyn Adams Tracy Jack Patricia Sullivan
Jim and Laurie Anderson Christy Baker Jenkins Jill Talmadge
C. Terrell Austin Lea Ann Kemp William and Debbie Tonks
Angie Baker Laura Kendrick Timothy and Kathy Venable
Angela Barber Jeremy and Cardee Kilpatrick Ellen Walker
Martha B. Beeson William Kirch Daniel and Jerelyn Wallace
Jo and Terrell Benton Philip and Linda Koehler Anthony White
Raquel Bergeron Peter Konenkamp Dr. Susan Williams
Jere Bowden Tanya Kooi and Christopher Morphew Katie Williams
Peggy Brickman Andrew Kretzer Yvette, Jonathan and Alton Wise
Connie Brown Tony and Tommie LaCavera
Melissa Bryan Linda and Glenn Leavell Individual
Melanie Andrews Burden David and Jennifer Lineberger Claire Baxter
Kenneth and Judy Calkin Tess Loewen Shawn Glynn
David and Amy Camp Stephanie Loftin J.L. Hamrick
Barbara Carson Jose Lopez and Marirosa Molina Fran Korda
Joel Caughran Barbara and Dallas Lovelace Michael Jay Manalo
Carmen Champagne Salena and Walter Lynch Grey Pentecost
Wendy Chaney Kelly McDaniel Irene Powers
Rich Clark Valorie McGovern
Jody Clay-Warner Jim and Eleanor McMinn Corporate Partners
Jill and Chris Cook Roberta K. and Scott Merkle AdSmith
Patricia and Homer Cooper Athens Blueprint and Copy Shop
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Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc. is the nonprofit Contributions to the ENSAT Center
organization which founded Sandy Creek Nature Become a member of this community effort to create
Center in 1973. Memberships provide funding interactive learning centers (ILCs) and obtain
for educational program materials, educational and scientific equipment for the
equipment and development as well as Environment, Natural Science and Appropriate
capital improvements. Your tax-deductible Technology (ENSAT) Facility. From salt water
donation helps expand awareness and appreciation of aquaria to microscopes, insect nets to live animal
the natural environment in Northeast Georgia. displays, the interior of the building will provide a
unique hands-on experience to all who visit.
______ Individual $25 ______ Sustaining $250 Donations of $100 or more receive a free one year
______ Family $35 ______ Patron $500 family membership. We are currently working on 3
______ Contributing $100 ______ Benefactor $5,000 new exhibits, the Agricultural ILC, Woodland ILC,
and the Urban ILC.
Endowment Fund Donation: $ __________ Your Name: ___________________________
Enclosed is my check for: $ __________ OR Mailing Address ________________________
Please charge my tax-deductible donation of : City/State:_________________ Zip:________
__________ to: Visa Mastercard Home Phone:___________________________
Expiration Date: __________ Work Phone:___________________________
Account Number: ENSAT Project Donation $ ________
ILC Donation $___________
Signature:_______________________________________ My company will match my gift!
Please bill/charge me: ___monthly ____quarterly Name of Company:_____________
(please enclose matching gift form)
Please mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc.
205 Old Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607
Phone: (706) 613-3615 Fax: (706) 613-3618
Permit No. 118
205 Old Commerce Road
Athens, GA 30607
phone: (706) 613-3615
fax: (706) 613-3618
Place label here
Mark Your Calendar...
Snake Day, Saturday June 7, 2008 from 12-4 p.m.